What they say

Stephen Archer is a speaker with great charisma. By using illustrations and personal experiences and not being afraid to share his own point of view of the current situation and who is to blame for it, he engages the whole audience, at the same time helping us all to understand the credit crunch a little better.

— Warwick Business School


How to approach a new leadership role

September 1st, 2016 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

Stepping into a new leadership role can be daunting. New Prime Minister Theresa May, and the new England football manager, Sam Allardyce, will no doubt be feeling the pressure despite their credentials and soon there will be a new leader in Saatchi. All eyes are on these people right now. They will all have a…

Leaders under pressure: the implications

September 4th, 2015 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
under pressure

The first casualty of pressure is truth. Truth, really? When leaders are under too much pressure then they cease to be able to see reality and compound this with self-denial that they are in any way at fault. Everyone has a pressure limit and it affects people in different ways. It might be argued that…

InfIuence without Authority

March 12th, 2015 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
Influence concept.

I am frequently faced with the challenges of leadership in organisations; the disempowered, the disenfranchised and the undermined people who struggle to get done what their apparent authority should make relatively easy. Or more crucially they may lack the assigned authority but quite reasonably seek to influence outcomes in their organisation. A vital skill for…

Leadership: The first 100 days

June 2nd, 2013 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

With the replacement of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United by David Moyles and the replacement of Sir Mervyn King by Mark Carney at the Bank of England we have two major institutions under new leadership in summer 2013. The question on every football fan’s mind is how will David Moyles cope with the pressure…

Leadership Development Can there be a Return on the Investment?

October 24th, 2012 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

Is an ROI assessment possible on investment in leadership? The answer is yes and usefully so. I am often asked “what is the payoff?” to which is often added “when?” In reality, most organisations that invest in leadership development do so from a perspective of ‘distress’ or with a strong instinct that it is worthwhile.…

Why Leadership in organisations is usually doomed to fail

March 21st, 2011 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

Since the recession, companies are hungrier than ever for strong leadership. Last year, Henley Business School reported that developing leadership skills was a top priority for 2500 HR and learning professionals. But although leadership seems to be the holy grail of private and public sector organisations today and pursued incessantly, it remains persistently elusive for…